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Collection Scope and Content Note

Files relating to the planning and development of Kitimat, B.C.. The Kitimat collection goes in depth into the planning and development of all aspects of the city, starting from choosing the designers and planners of the city and ending with the evaluation of the mostly finished town. The correspondences, meeting reports, and townsite planning reports show what the planners had in mind at the time and how the town slowly evolved to satisfy the townspeople physically, mentally, and culturally. The collection also includes many photographs used to plan the landscape and various blueprints and reports which show changes between the years of planning. Various publications and attempts to publicize and advertise the town is reflected. Conflicts with the municipal and provincial government are also listed as well as attempts to resolve the conflicts. Records, receipts, correspondences, and figures show the financial struggles in planning and developing the city.

The collection includes correspondences, maps, blueprints, reports, minutes of meetings, photographs, negatives, slides, publications, contracts, receipts, material lists, graphs, advertisements, and news clippings. Notable figures (in no particular order): ALCAN (Aluminum Company of Canada Ltd.), Clarence S. Stein, Julian Whittlesey, Wilbur Smith and Associates, Edmund T. Ames, Albert Mayer, William J. Conklin, Norman Klein, J. A. Currie, Wilfrid R. Ussner, Dan Kiley, James C. Buckley, Ralph Eberlin, Walter E. Kroening, Larry Smith, Lois Barclay, N. L. Engelhardt, Larry Smith, and Roger Willcox.

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